Brexit is about democracy. If Remain wins on June 23, European democracy is over

The June 23 referendum comes down to one single, simple (but not simplistic) issue: do you support democracy (in which case you back Brexit) or don't you? The referendum may be Europe's last chance to uphold democratic rule. If Brexit fails, so does democracy in Europe

by Eurosceptic on 17 May 2016 12:42

There is a simple (but not simplistic) single truth about the debate on Britain's membership of the European Union: do you support democracy, or do you oppose it?

The EU was set up because the post-WWII elites feared their own populations. As an economic zone of prosperity, the EU has failed, and matters will just get worse. The EU plainly represents a threat to political stability in Europe.

Witness the rise of far-Left and far-Right parties. Their rise has been facilitated by a collapse of the middle ground. If the bulk of the power has been shifted upwards to the unelected European bureaucracy, how do you make a protest vote, unless you go for the very same far-Right and far-Left parties?

But that is not really the point. Which is that self-determination either matters to you, or it does not. There is no pan-European political identity; no demos.

This means that the more powers that are taken away from national parliaments (where a meaningful demos does exist), the less the possibility of democratic rule.

The June 23 referendum may be Europe's last chance to uphold democratic rule. If Brexit fails, so does democracy in Europe. There will be no way back.

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